El Prado, Street

An Actual Road
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El Prado Road was an actual roadway used by cars. Although at first glance it appeared an open pedestrian mall, the fact was that it was the only street access to many of these buildings.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:50:11 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9442
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Building Facade
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The facade of one of building left over from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. This look was typical of the buildings lining the street.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:33:32 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9437
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The Gift Shop
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The gift shop was the place where one could purchase daily and weekly passes. A pass was typically good at all the museums and gave entry to the Zoo.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:38 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9440
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Shaded Sidewalks
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The sidewalks along either side of El Prado were shaded by arched details of old buildings. Because the museum area was open to the air, such covered sidewalks were a welcome relief from heat, and shelter from rain. At the end of this particular walkway was the information center and gift shop.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:32:46 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9435
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The Prado Restaurant
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Through this archway was the House of Hospitality and the Prado Restaurant. Notice the detail in the archways and the tasteful but distinct signs of commercialism.


Prado Restaurant external link   •  El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:51:36 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9444
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Past Lilly Pond
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The sidwalk pathway exited the arched shaded walkway and passed the lilly pond internal link of the Botanical Gardens. In the not too distant past, this inset connecting road to the sidewalk was parking.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:51:50 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9445
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Entry To Covered Walkway
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The entry to the covered walkway was just an alternative to walking down El Prado road itself.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:52:41 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9448
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Behind The Botanial Building
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The path beind the Botanial Building was one example of many ways to leave El Prado and find one of many possible lovely shaded gardens internal link. Most of the paths were level and smooth and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:23:39 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9514
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The Art Museum
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The Art Museum was across from where El Prado intersected Pan American Road. Notice the parking lot in front of the museum. Behind the museum was a sculpture garden that was freely open to the public.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:34:06 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9526
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San Diego Museum Of Art Cafe
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The cafe in the outdoor plaza behind the Art Museum. To the left, just out of sight was the sculpture garden.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:35:22 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9528
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Yet More Covered Walkways
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Yet another of the many covered walkways discovered alongside El Prado Road. A strongly Spanish influence.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:54:24 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9573
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The Old Globe Theater
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The Old Globe Theater was on Old Globe Way behind the Museum of Art. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly-regarded Shakespeare festival.


Old Globe Theater external link   •  El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:55:26 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9574
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The Museum Of Man
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Lawn and shaded seating created a good place to rest just behind the Museum Of Man.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:55:26 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9577
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Cars Drive In
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El Prado Road where it entered the museum area. This was one way in from the City. Just across a bridge behind this archway was Laruel Road and 6th Avenue.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:02:23 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9587
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View From The Bridge
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The view looking back from the bridge along El Prado Road inward toward the row of museums. The arch in the foreground is the same arch from the previous shot.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:06:22 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9593
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A Statue
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A statue stood outside the entry to the Mingei International Museum.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:20:36 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9619
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A Statue
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The statue that stood in the center of the road where El Prado intersected Pan American Road. A turn left here would take you to the Air and Space Museum, the Automotive Museum, and the Organ Pavilian.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:26:27 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9631
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Lemonade
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At the end of El Prado near the fountain were booths selling snacks. One booth sold Lemonade, and the other sold Tamales. Behind these booths was Zoro Garden internal link.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:37:50 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9661
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Looking Back
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The view looking back along El Prado Road from the fountain. Here was a group of school children on a day's outing.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:58:48 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9670
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The Fountain
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The fountain at the end of El Prado down by the bridge over Park Avenue. Kids were allowed to play in the water.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:05:55 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9675
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Foot Bridge
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The footbridge that ran over Park Avenue and gave access from El Prado to the Rose Garden internal link and to the Desert Garden internal link. The bridge was behind the fountain.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:08:58 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9676
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A Magician
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A magician performed for children and adults on the plaza just across from the fountain. Here he was about to make a ball disappear from one cup only to appear inside another.


El Prado Road external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 3 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:12:53 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1540
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